Hanamachi (The Geisha)

It’s been a long time since I made a new chicken. Too long, in fact. So it was necessary that one of my first paintings since quitting must be a chicken. Actually, I painted this last week but it’s taken this long to dry. I’m entering it into an art content this weekend, so I was able to finish it just in time. Anyway, here is the next in the Chickens of the World series: Hanamachi (The Geisha).

Hanamachi
Hanamachi (The Geisha)

Frogs!

Today I went to a vending machine outside to buy some tea, and just as I had my wallet open, two big green things splattered into me. I thought they were big katydids or grasshoppers cause all I saw was a streak of bright green before I freaked out and threw money everywhere… then I noticed that they were tree frogs! The vending machine was COVERED in frogs! There must have been at least 100 little tree frogs all over the machine that I hadn’t even noticed! After picking up my coins I had to clear all the frogs off the machine to make it usable — they were stuck under the handle, and even inside the drink dispenser area, and I really did not want to crush them. It was really cool after I realized I wasn’t being attacked my hungry zombie katydids. And these rural frogs were totally unafraid of me so they just let me pick them up and move them somewhere else. They were like trained birds.

Vending Frogs
Vending Frogs

That’s my story for today.

I know I really should write something else though: I finally moved in to Fukui! Today I registered at the city hall and became an official resident of Fukui City. That’s exciting, but the real exciting thing is that this week I had no job! That sounds so stupid, but really I’m so happy because that job was hell. The first 6 months were awesome, and the first year was actually quite good, but the first half of the second year was a bit tiring, and the final six months were unbearably awful. In any case, it’s in the past and I’m happy for that now. I’m starting painting full-time like I’ve always dreamed, and it will be awesome if I can make that work. For the time, I have a few projects to do, and hopefully that will expand into more. In August and September I will probably start to teach a few English lessons again, just part time, in order to help pay bills until art begins to earn me a steady income.

This week I’ve been working on one piece sporadically, but there’s been so much work moving and setting things up around the house that we’ve both been exhausted. But I hope to post a lot more art here now.